She was born Irshad Begum in the village of Choonian, in Kasur
District, Lahore (in British India, now Pakistan).
Khursheed Bano started her film career as Shehla in the silent
film Eye For An Eye (1931) the year when the first talkie
film (Alamara) of the sub-continent was released. Some of
the films that were released during these phase were Laila
Majnu, and Shakuntla in 1931, Chatra Bakavli, Hatili Dulhan,
Muflis Aashiq, Radheshyam in 1932, Naklee Doctor in 1933,
Suarag ki Serhi, Bomb Shell, Chiragh-e-Husn, and Mirza Sahiban
in 1935, Ailan-e-Jang, Kimiagar in 1936, Iman Farosh in 1937,
Madhur Milan in 1938, Murad, Kaun kisi ka and Sitara in 1939.
most of her films that were released between 1931 and 1942,
a period during which she went unnoticed. Khursheed acted
in a number of films for Ranjit Movietone and her leading
men included K. L. Saigal, Motilal, Jairag, and Isharilal.
of her films in 40s were Musafir and Holi (“Bhigoi Moree
Saree Ray”), in 1940, Pardesi ("Pahley Jo Mohabbat
Sey Inkaar Kia Hota","Mori Ateria Hai Sooni"),
Beti, and Shaadi (“Ghir Ghir Aaye Baderia”), in
1942, Bhakta Surdas (Her famous song “Panchee Bawra”
whose composer was Gyan Dutt became a very famous song of
the forty’s. The other famous and popular songs from
the same film are “Madhur Madhur Ga Ray Manwa”,
“Jholee Bhar Taray Laday Ray”, and a duet “Chandni
Raat Aur Taray Khilay Hon” with K. L. Saigal.), Chandni
and Patola (in Punjabi) in 1941, Tansen and Nurse (“Koyalia
Kahay Bolay Ree”) in 1943. Tansen (1943), with music
composed by Khem Chandra Prakash, was a high point in her
acting career. She became known both as an actress and a singer.
Her famous songs (with her name as Tani as heroine in this
film) included such popular songs as “Barso Re”,
“Ghata Ghan Ghor Ghor”, “Dukhia Jiara”,
“Ab Raja Bhae Moray Balam”, and a duet, “Moray
Bala Pun Kay Sathee Chela” with K. L. Saigal.
other famous films are, Mumtaz Mahal (“Jo Hum Pay Guzarti
Hai”, “Dil Kee Dharkan Bana Liya”), Shahenshah
Babar (“Mohabbat Mein Sara Jahan Jal Raha Hai”,”Bulbul
Aa Tu Bhi Ga”) in 1944, Prabhu ka Ghar and Moorti (“Ambwa
Pay Koyal Boley”, “Baderia baras gayee uss paar”)
with music composition by Bilo. C. Rani in 1945, Aagey Barho
and Mitti ("Chahi Kali Ghata More Balam") in 1947,
Aap Beetee (“Meree Bintee Suno Bhagwan”) in 1948.
worked in two films in 1956, Fankar and Mandi. Mandi attracted
some attention because of Khursheed, but because of technical
shortcomings including poor direction, neither Khursheed as
singer nor Rafiq Ghaznavi's musical score were able to produce
the hoped-for ticket sales. Fankar was produced by Robert
Malik, a teacher at a Christian missionary high school. The
film also lagged in commercial success.
Khursheed married her manager Lala Yakub, who was an occasional
actor and member of the Bhati Gate Group, Lahore. Due to personal
problems, she divorced Yakub. She remarried in 1956 to Yusuf
Bhaimia, an admirer of her work, entrepreneur in the shipping
business, and eventually a philanthropist.
Khursheed died on April 18, 2001 in Karachi, four days after
her 87th birthday.
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